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Koc University

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The mission of this Sociology programme at Koc University is to help students acquire the necessary competencies for a critical analysis of human society and social life. 


Consistent with the University’s liberal educational philosophy, Sociology students from Koc University will also develop valuable conceptual and analytic skills that they can use in many different settings upon graduation.

The goal of the program is to provide a solid foundation in the substantive scope, key concepts, theoretical perspectives, and research methods used in Sociology. 

Core training 

The core training is complemented by elective courses that take advantage of specific areas of faculty expertise, including globalization, population dynamics, the political economy of media and communication, educational sociology, cultural sociology, race/ethnicity, urban poverty and social exclusion, disabilities studies, the sociology of development, social movements and the sociology of migration and refugees.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Workshops
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Ethics Course
  • English Academic Writing

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Academic requirements

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English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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General requirements

  • Reference Letters, Letters of Recommendation
  • The Graduate School requires three reference letters for PhD applications. These should be by persons well qualified to speak from first-hand knowledge about the applicant’s potential for graduate study. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online
  • Statement of Purpose, which should not exceed 2,000 words, focusing on why the applicant wants to study at Koç University and in this particular program as well as explaining career objectives and research interests
  • English Language, when applicants’ native language is not English, they must ensure to provide their official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL,) or any equivalent testing system. (Please see minimum required scores below). –
  • ALES or GRE Score

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2000 - 3240 TRY /month
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